Today in Bristol Rotary
The Rotary Reflector
November 19, 2013
January 27, 2013
Club President, Helen Scott, presented Bristol Family Promise a check for $5000. The organization, headed by Ms. Sharon Hicks, works in conjunction with several local church congregations to house, feed and assist those in our community that are homeless. Ms. Hicks and Ms. Sandra Willis, accepted the check on behalf of the organization. Visit the Bristol Family Promise website at http://www.familypromise.org/article/welcome-bristol
December 04, 2012
Haitian Support Alliance members Eric Fields (Past President) and his wife, Anita were presented with a $5000 check following their presentation on their most recent visit to Haiti. The money will go to support ongoing HSA programs. Eric also awarded Anita with the Paul Harris Fellow Designation.
Posted: December 02, 2013, 4:45 pm GMT
In 1994, Marion Bunch lost her son to AIDS. It was early on in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, and the stigma surrounding the disease kept her from talking about her son’s illness with anyone but family members.
“I never thought I’d do anything about it until one day, three years after his death, I felt a tap on the shoulder, and a voice in my ear said, ‘Mom, get up and get going; you haven’t done anything, and it’s been three years,’” she recalls.
Within a year, Bunch, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia, USA, proposed an idea to her club, and through Rotary began connecting community...
Posted: November 25, 2013, 4:30 pm GMT
Early each morning, the students of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in El Tunino, Guatemala, trek down the mountainside on their way to school. They carry the essentials for the day: books, backpacks, and class projects. But one other item they used to haul from home is thankfully absent: a bucket of clean water.
The community of El Tunino is part of Sumpango, a rural region where access to clean running water is limited. Schools in the area offered the basics in education, but students learned quickly that drinking water and working toilets were not part of the curriculum. Today, that lesson is...
Posted: November 19, 2013, 1:00 pm GMT
By age 40, Jack Sim was a successful entrepreneur running 16 businesses. He had enough money to retire, so he started searching for a neglected cause to which he could devote his time and effort.
Realizing that people don’t want to talk about toilets, he set about making the humble commode into a media darling, founding the World Toilet Organization in 2001 and holding a special day every year to draw attention to sanitation. This year, the United Nations voted to make World Toilet Day, 19 November, an official UN observance.
Sim credits Rotary with helping him break the taboo around the...
Posted: November 19, 2013, 11:00 am GMT
Rotary's End Polio Now campaign has won a top award in global public relations from PR News, a public relations resource serving the communications and marketing community.
The highly regarded Platinum Awards presented by PR News salute the year's most outstanding communications initiatives and organizations, and honor corporations, agencies, and nonprofits that take chances, make significant strides, and understand the power of public relations.
In announcing the awards, PR News noted that Rotary's End Polio Now campaign has "worked to keep polio eradication squarely in the public eye,...
Posted: November 15, 2013, 1:00 pm GMT
Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.
The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record.
Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims.
"I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to...